Glossary of technical terms and meanings related to digital cameras
Mega Pixels or MP: A cameras picture ability to take quality photos is measured in mega pixels, in simple terms the more mega pixels your camera has to offer the more detailed your picture will be. The only downside to having camera with a high mega pixels definition is that the pictures will take up more memory.
Optical Zoom: Optical zoom is when your camera lens physically extends to allow you to capture a picture up close without having to move or in situations when you cannot get up close to your target due to an obstacle.
Digital Zoom: Rather then your cameras lens physically extending to get a close up shot your camera will crop the image and magnify the result. This method of zoom can leave you with very poor picture quality and optical zoom would always be recommended.
Wide Angle Lens: This is a lens that in laymen terms projects a noticeably larger image circle allowing for higher quality photos to be captured.
LCD Screen: LCD is short for liquid crystal display this screen type is very thin and flat screen that offers a high quality display in this case for your digital camera.
TFT Screen: TFT stands for thin film transistor and is very similar to a LCD screen apart from offering a higher quality image display but in turn is also more expensive.
(TIP) Extra Memory: Most digital cameras now offer the option to buy additional memory, if this optional extra interests you make a note of the type of memory your camera accepts as there are different types and we wouldn't want you purchasing the wrong product.